At Vinfen, we value those with lived experience as vital members of our community based, residential, and clubhouse teams. While we encourage those with lived experience to apply to all positions there are many positions, which are specifically designed to use lived experience in the most constructive way possible to inspire independence among the people we serve.
The key requirement for our peer positions is lived experience. At Vinfen we define lived experience as personal, first-hand experience being a recipient of the mental health system, which encompasses experiences such as psychiatric inpatient hospitalization, outpatient services/therapy, substance use challenges, experience with psychiatric medications, and/or participating in mental health groups in the community. While a formal mental health diagnosis is not required, your intent when engaging in mental health services is to improve your mental health, not the health of a loved one.
Lastly, these positions require staff to share personal experiences with the people we serve and staff and to be well along in one’s recovery so as to be able to manage one’s health and emotions in a wide variety of different and sometimes difficult situations.
High School Diploma/GED